The following is a press release from the Cranford Police Department. Patch will have more on this story later this week.
On Aug. 3 at approximately 9:28 p.m, Cranford Police officers were called to the parking lot of the , 209 Centennial Ave. for a report of a woman in labor in a parked vehicle.
The first to arrive on the scene was Officer Matthew Nazzaro, a certified Emergency Medical Technician and a Basic Life Support Instructor with more than 10 years of pre-hospital emergency medical experience. In the lot, he found Diego Ramos of Cranford and his wife, Teresa Pires-Ramos, who stated she was in labor. The couple had been en route to the hospital, but stopped and contacted 9-1-1 when they realized they weren’t going to make it.
Nazzaro immediately saw that the baby’s head was “crowning” and the birth was imminent. Assisted by Sgt. Frank Williams, and Officers Robert Jordan and Michael Dubitsky, Nazzaro began preparations for the delivery.
With the vehicle seat reclined, and the mother pushing hard, Nazzaro was able to support the infant’s head and body while removing the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck and averting a potentially life threatening complication. The newborn baby boy was successfully delivered moments before the arrival of the Cranford First Aid Squad.
The Ramos family was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston by first aid personnel. According to Diego Ramos, both mother and child are doing well. Nazzaro has since been asked to sign the official birth certificate for baby Adam Ramos.
“I’m thrilled that everyone involved is healthy. This is what they train for,” Police Chief Eric Mason said. "But it is still rewarding to see the immensely positive impact members of this department can have on people’s lives. I’m proud of Officer Nazzaro and everyone that assisted out there. It was great job.”